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Bullet-tipped arrow.

More stopping power.
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Some folks like to hunt with a bow. The problem is that arrows do not have much stopping power for a hog or a bear. I wonder if affixing a bullet so that the arrow point contacted the priming circle of the bullet would cause the bullet to be discharged at point blank range on impact?
bungston, Nov 02 2006

Rambo http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rambo
Significant pop culture references [skinflaps, Nov 03 2006]

Spears http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spear
The .44 Magnum of the pre-gunpowder age, much more stopping power than puny arrows. [zen_tom, Nov 03 2006]

Powerheads http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangstick
.22, .357, 12 gauge, take your pick [Custardguts, Nov 06 2006]

see-four? http://www.pointles...me.com/tech/c4.html
I have no idea if it's accurate [Zimmy, Nov 08 2006]

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       Don't be a wuss - if the Indians managed it, so can you!
DrCurry, Nov 02 2006
  

       I think the Dukes of Hazzard did this every week at the beginning of their show to an outhouse. Well, a really big bullet, anyways ( It was dyn-o-mite!).
NotTheSharpestSpoon, Nov 02 2006
  

       How fast would the bullet be propelled forward, and how fast would the arrow be propelled backwards (conservation of momentum etc.)?   

       Maybe just an explosive tipped arrow would do the job.
xaviergisz, Nov 02 2006
  

       bone for anything that kills bears or hogs or anything else for that matter
xenzag, Nov 03 2006
  

       Rambo.
skinflaps, Nov 03 2006
  

       If you want the stopping power offered by a gun, use a gun. The whole point of bow hunting is to demonstrate the superior skill required to bring down a large animal with a slower projectile, with less stopping power. That, or because the hunter is opposed to using that kind of technology. Either way, please don't try to merge the two. The idea is, frankly, insulting. If you're not getting enough power behind your arrow, you can also use a stronger bow.
21 Quest, Nov 03 2006
  

       [21 Quest] Insulting? I disagree. You don't like it, you don't have to use it.
david_scothern, Nov 03 2006
  

       I don't think this would pass for bowhunting season, or gun season for that matter. Bone
Chefboyrbored, Nov 03 2006
  

       The annotaters so far have missed the question. I am aware that Rambo and others have made explosive tipped arrows in the movies. I am aware that bowhunters are superior and did not intend to frankly insult them. I have nothing against hogs or bears.   

       The question: could one Macgyver a bullet onto the tip of an arrow such that the impact of the arrow sets off the bullet? Is the kinetic energy imparted by the arrow tip similar to the hammer in, say, a 22 caliber pistol?
bungston, Nov 03 2006
  

       Actually, bungston, I had thought of that, now that you mention it. I forgot it, though, as I typed my last anno.
21 Quest, Nov 03 2006
  

       //How fast would the bullet be propelled forward, and how fast would the arrow be propelled backwards //

Or do the reverse. Use a hollow shaft and place the round in the tube, with the priming circle facing forward. Then the bullet is projected backward upon impact, driving the arrow in deeper. (The hunter would have to duck every time he let one go, but that would add to the fun.)
ldischler, Nov 03 2006
  

       Actually, I rather like *that* idea... give the prey a chance at revenge!
21 Quest, Nov 03 2006
  

       hehe. Exploding deer... nice [+]
MoreCowbell, Nov 03 2006
  

       You are looking to create a powerhead, somewhat like one may see on a speargun used for dangerous prey (sharks)...   

       I share 21's offence at this idea. I choose the bow simply because it requires more skill, and the achievement is far greater. I only hunt feral game, namely pigs in north australia.   

       And anyone doubting the lethality of a 250 fps arrow tipped with a razor sharp broadhead simply hasn't used the right equipment, or can't place their shots..   

       Anyone not meeting both of the above criteria shouldn't go bowhunting, period. A badly placed powerhead would be far more cruel and irresponsible than a badly placed broadhead.   

       I'd imagine most bowhunters would be offended by the proposal of using powerheads.   

       However, yes powerheads do exist [link] but at the same time, [marked-for-deletion] widely (well I thought so anyway) know to exist.
Custardguts, Nov 06 2006
  

       <slightly on topic>- If anyone who knows me well enough to know I'm one of the good guys and knows the recipe for, (see for), <purposely miss-spelled> please e-mail me.   

       I think that the days when a five hundred yard hand grenade may come handy, are coming faster than I might like.   

       chocolate (4) layer cake?
po, Nov 06 2006
  

       (weeps a salty tear for the offensible bowhunters out there)   

       I tried to crunch the numbers on this myself, but I could not find good data on the kinetic energy imparted by a firing pin. I was also curious how much this energy varies from gun to gun. I did find material suggesting that some guns might fire on being dropped, but I could not tell whether the impact of the gun conveyed the energy to the bullet primer or whether the fall simply triggered the pin inappropriately.
bungston, Nov 06 2006
  

       [2 fries], mix Silly Putty and nitroglycerine in a blender?   

       Check with ACME for the Looney Tunes version of the bullet-tipped arrow. It's the one where just before the arrow hits its designated target, a hatch pops open to reveal a mechanical hand brandishing (I really like that word) a pistol which is automatically fired toward said target, and viola! Mr Bear gets it in the end.
Canuck, Nov 08 2006
  

       YOU OWE ME A NEW BLENDER!   

         

         

         

         

       A good one.   

       [2 fries] I put a link up there mostly because the last illustration and text before it cracks me up.
Zimmy, Nov 08 2006
  
      
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